Rafik Hariri Center Nonresident Senior Fellow Hafed Al-Ghwell writes for Al Jazeera on why the conflicts in Libya and the Middle East demonstrate a new period in the history of the Middle East and North Africa:

A former US State Department official wrote several weeks ago: “Observing events in Libya since the revolution has often been like watching someone set his dining room table while the house is on fire.”

The reality is, it is not just Libya’s house that’s on fire, but the whole neighbourhood, while everyone idly looks on.

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